World's Best Snowboarders Head To 2012 Spring Battle
For ten years the Quiksilver Spring Battle has made a reputation as one of the most popular snowboarding events in Europe. The premium setup at the perfectly shaped Absolut Park and the innovative video judging system provide a thrilling contest for riders and spectators.
In 2012, the Quiksilver Spring Battle will be upgraded to 5 Star TTR level. On top of the 50.000 US dollar prize purse, the riders can already collect up to 850 valuable TTR Big Air Tour Ranking points for the upcoming season in order to cinch a convenient ranking position for the TTR World Tour Ranking 2012/2013.
The 5 Star TTR Big Air will be a highlight of the snowboard competition. In the qualification, thirty snowboarders are going to compete with two runs and only the best run counts. The best ten riders will move on to the finals where they are going to face the invited riders out of the TTR Top 10 Ranking.
Every snowboarder can attempt twice and the best run counts, while the top ten out of this round advance to the super finals. Last year, the video judging system was introduced as a world premier in snowboarding history. After the rider has picked his favorite super final run, the judging will be conducted on a video screen from different viewing angles.
The winner will not only take home the biggest part the 50.000 US dollar prize purse, but also earn 850 points for the TTR Big Air Tour Ranking 2012/2013, which will count towards the 2012/2013 /11 season ranking.
Previous year ́s winner Seppe Smits from Belgium has already announced to defend his title, even if the Quiksilver Spring Battle has been upgraded from 4 to 5 Star TTR Big Air level in 2012.
The odds are favourable, since Seppe has already won the 4 Star Horsefeathers Pleasure Jam this season and took third place on the podium of the 6 Star O`Neill Evolution in Davos. Seppe's rivals, including Marko Grilc, are close on his heels.
Norwegian high-flyer, Quiksilver team rider and actual Air & Style Beijing winner Ulrik Badertscher from Norway will also be attending the Quiksilver Spring Battle as one of the hot favourites. Finally, the Austrian snowboarder Werni Stock is back on board after his injury.
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Amongst a thrilled crowd of thousands, the menís final at the 2012 TTR O'Neill Evolution Big Air in Davos Switzerland was exciting down to the last run. Eric Willett and Mark McMorris put up a valiant fight until the very end.
The 2012 TTR Red Bull Nanshan Open had judges including Michi Albin, Ingemar Bachman and Scotty Wittlake in charge of narrowing the 12 top-ranked riders down to four, which resulted in a level of riding that was significantly better than the qualification round.